Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Red means hot

A faucet that colors the water with light based on the temperature? Using LED's to light water is nothing new, but this is actually useful. The example in the video appears to be a regular faucet... I wonder how hard it would be to mod mine...

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Unofficial Evo 2007 Calendar

This past weekend was the annual Evo Holiday Party, and the first I've been here for. A good time was had by all, including much skiing, shopping, eating, trivia, ShotSki's, mind-reading games, drinking, and the grab-bag. My contribution to the grab bag was a home-made Evo Parody Calendar, won by Karla.

Future plans for this tongue-in-cheek look at Evo, design, and our clients is uncertain, but it might reappear in the near future...

Friday, December 15, 2006

A calendar for the new year

That's right, it's that time of year again... Calendar Season! In the past I've had themed calendars, mainly Sci-Fi related, but lately I've found the Demotivator calendars to be rather 'inspiring'. They've consistently won awards, and are one of the more innovative calendar companies out there. Playing off the cheesey motivational posters found in offices, these incredibly sarcastic imitators remind us not to take life (or work) too seriously. My favorites include Idiocy, Achievement, Mediocrity, Potential, and so many more.
This year rather then print a new calendar, they have an online system where you can pick your favorite 12 images, and generate a custom calendar with your own custom dates and holidays. Some might say they ran out if ideas, but I prefer to think they're on the cutting edge.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

A table that made my jaw drop.

I've always had a fascination with things that unfold. An object can seemingly be so simple, but then transform into something completely different, or perhaps just bigger. My favorite product is the IBM 701C "Butterfly" keyboard, which allowed IBM to shoehorn a full size keyboard into a laptop 10" wide (with a rather satisfying "ka-chunk"). Above my desk hangs a Hoberman Sphere. And I won't go into all the umbrellas I've owned.

One shouldn't be surprised that I love this table, which by rotating 30 degrees, expands from seating for 6, to seating for 12. Not to mention that it's beautifully made, and the engineering that drives it is equally elegant. Sure, expanding tables have been around for ages, but not like this one. It's made by DB Fletcher, and the videos speak for themselves.

Monday, December 4, 2006

Facinating Mini-Lecture Series: TEDTalks

"Once a year, 1000 remarkable people gather in Monterey California to exchange something of incalculable value... their ideas."

TED is an annual conference of thinkers in fields ranging from design to medicine to space to art. They have chosen to share the best of the lectures, 2 per week, with the public. I've seen a bunch already, and have been shocked and enlightened.

Add to iTunes

Website, with downloads of each video

A power strip I wish I could use

While I'm a bit saddened that this is for European plugs, it gives me hope that someday I won't have to plug my stuff into a boring beige or black strip of plastic.

Rozetkus Power Strip
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